Samurai Jack

Season 3 Episode 12

XXXVIII: The Birth Of Evil (Part 2 of 2)

Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Aug 16, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Armed with a mystic sword given to him by the Gods, the Emperor sets forth to defeat Aku.

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  • The reason Aku was temporarily got destroyed.

    This episode was a continued from Part 1, which showed Jack\'s father being sad as his village was being destroyed. The animation and the style they showed this episode was just as good as the others. But Part 1 & this are my 2 most favourite episodes in the whole series. If you haven\'t seen these episodes, you just have to see it to know it.
Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Holy Monk

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Keone Young

Keone Young

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Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Young Samurai Jack's Mom

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The diamond pattern on the sword's handle is not seen for most of the episode.

    • When Jack's father is riding the horse, you see the moon is a cresent with a star within its shape. The star which the cresent surrounds shouldn't be there unless the star was in front of the moon (which is impossible) or the moon is actually a cresent (in which case, it wouldn't be able to orbit the planet).

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Genndy Tartakovsky was nominated for the 2004 Annie Award for "Outstanding Directing in an Animated Television Production" for this episode. Scott Wills won the 2004 Annie Award for "Outstanding Production Design in an Animated Television Production" for this episode. Genndy Tartakovsky, Brian A. Miller, Don Shank, Robert Alvarez, Randy Myers, Mun Jeong Yu, Bong Koh Jae and James T. Walker won the 2004 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)" for this episode.


    • The white stallion: Mononoke-hime - Forest God.
      When the mythical cloud horse (possibly Slephnir) comes down to help Jack's father out of a tight spot, his hooves--when connecting to the ground--make flowers, vines, and grass spring from dead earth. A similar scene is in Hayao Miyazaki's Mononoke-hime (U.S. Title: Princess Mononoke) as the Forest God walks, things grow.

    • Jack's Father:
      Jack's father rides a cloud, just like the Monkey King, hero of the perennially popular East Asian folktale Journey to the West. The Monkey King Reference is a huge myth in Asian culture. It can be seen everywhere. Among other things it is the basis for Dragonball Z.